Manjimup plan to beat drugs gets funding

Shannon BochenekManjimup-Bridgetown Times

Manjimup’s Local Drug Action Group has been accepted as a Local Drug Action Team and granted $10,000 as part of the Federal Government’s bid to prevent or minimise harm from alcohol and other drugs.

The Southern Forests Alcohol and Other Drug Management Committee is one of 80 new teams across the country announced by the government and the Alcohol and Drug Foundation last month.

Earlier this month the Manjimup Shire Council voted to amend its budget and accept the Federal funding.

Established in 2012, the committee will now utilise the team funding to review and redevelop its grass roots driven Community Action Plan.

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Committee chairwoman Sharon Wilkinson said the new action plan would be completed following community consultation.

“The LDAT program aims to strengthen protective factors and minimise the risk of alcohol and other drug related harm, no matter which drug is of concern,” she said.

Ms Wilkinson said the committee had conducted a similar consultation in 2016 which had identified priority groups in the shire.

These included individuals under 18 years old, parents of children under 18, and methamphetamine and cannabis consuming members of the the adult community.

The LDAT is more than 25-strong and includes community members and representatives from more than 16 organisations, the WA Country Health Service, the Manjimup Shire Council, St John of God, Northcliffe Family Centre, Manjimup Family Centre and the Manjimup CRC.

The team plans to focus on a range of outcomes including reducing risk factors such as drug availability and social disconnectedness, a Manjimup Shire Council statement said.

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